It was meant to be a trip home for 17-year-old Harshini Poonja and her family, flying to Mangalore for a wedding. Fate, however, had other plans.
Harshini Poonja, her mother Manirekha, an employee of Gulf News, and her father were among the 158 killed as Air India Express flight IX-892 plunged into a valley after overshooting the runway.
Harshini's story caught our eye as we happened to pick up her final 'tweet' (Twitter entry) about how she was feeling about the trip. 'At the airport and blah =_= Only thing to look forward to is the rain', she said, before boarding the ill-fated Boeing 737-800, flying maximum capacity.
Most of the bodies recovered from the site have been charred beyond recognition and sources attached to hospitals in Mangalore have admitted that it will be a while before the dead have been indentified.
Meanwhile, we leave you with Harshini's final tweet (http://twitter.com/netizentwo) before she took off on a journey she would never complete. Do leave your messages in the comments section as we continue coverage of the tragedy.